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Friday Thoughts March 9 2018

Posted on Mar 09, 2018

Dear Falcon Families,

Please do not let the forecast for a chilly day dissuade you from proudly walking with our St. John Fisher Float on Sunday. We are #20 and we will be lining up near on 103rd Street in front of Beverly Park. The girl scouts will be riding on the float but there will be room for others who might want to hop on for at least part of the parade. If you have the famous St. John Fisher green scarves, be sure to wear them. If you need one, let me know.

Parade Day begins with a beautiful Mass at 9:15 hosted by our third graders. There will be a few Irish tunes, a salute to St Patrick and some very talented Irish dancers. Mass begins at 9:15 so that there is plenty of time for you to reserve you parking spots at home before the parade.

Next Saturday, March 17, all are welcome for a Celtic Dinner in Kane Hall immediately after the 4:00 Mass. Delicious corned beef with all of the trimmings will be on the menu. Again, entertainment will include some fabulous Irish dancers. Look for details next week.

We were delighted with the report cards the vast majority of our students were able to bring home on Wednesday. Please continue to encourage such strong effort.

We have television stars in our midst! Many of our girl scouts will be featured on the WGN show, Man of the People, which airs on Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. Also, JP Slevin will be featured on WGN on March 16 at a St. Baldrick event where he will have his head shaved to raise money for pediatric cancer research. JP is participating in honor of our SJF superhero, Beau Dowling. (See blast about a flash raffle we are having to support JP’s efforts.)

We will have several openings for next year’s school board. The board serves as an advisory group to the pastor and principal. The “job description” includes a keen interest in the success of the school and a willingness to work on various committees that support and enhance the strength and vitality of the school. I will post a more detailed outline of the role the school board plays in the parish immediately after Easter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

During the days before our Easter Break, SOAR, our student leadership team will have a special “Spring Break” raffle. Two baskets, each filled with great prizes will be raffled off with all proceeds going to our Lenten Almsgiving recipient, Taller de Jose, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Although Lent is only forty days long, this end of the season effort to make small sacrifices that will benefit others will be a good reminder of how very richly blessed each of us is. Thanks as always for your generosity.

Don’t forget that the students do not have class on Monday, March 12. Please also note that our Spring Break NEXT YEAR will be the week BEFORE Easter. There is a Catholic Schools Convention in Chicago next year and the Archdiocese is asking every teacher to attend for two days during the week after Easter. We will publish next year’s calendar as soon as we have confirmed other professional development days.

The nurses are back from Spring Break next week, so if you plan to make an appointment for a grade level or sports physical, please do so now. Their schedule is filling up and we want to make this service available to as many families as possible.

We do have a few openings remaining in our preschool for next year, but the spaces are filling up quickly. If you have a neighbor or friend who is interested in the BEST early childhood program in the Archdiocese, please remind them to come now for registration materials.

SPIRIT Wear for the Parade will be available for pick up tomorrow morning in Kane Hall between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  

Have a wonderful weekend… See you at Mass and at the parade.